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Rahul Gandhi will be ‘face of the country’ in 2019 and become the Prime Minister, says Veerappa Moily

The Congress veteran said Rahul Gandhi has given "excellent hope" for the party to make a comeback in Gujarat through his leadership

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Published: October 13, 2017 3:52 pm
Moily, however, did not reveal whether Rahul Gandhi would take over as the Congress president before the Himachal Pradesh elections. File Photo

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has given “excellent hope” for the party to make a comeback in poll-bound Gujarat through his leadership, senior leader M Veerappa Moily said on Friday.

Moily, however, did not reveal whether Gandhi would take over as the Congress president before the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, scheduled on November 9. “That can’t be said, there is a process,” he said.

The former Oil Minister expressed confidence that Gandhi would be the “face of the country” in 2019 and become the Prime Minister. On the Congress’s prospects in the upcoming elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, he said the party would definitely return to power in the western state. “As far as Gujarat is concerned, Rahulji has undertaken a very intense tour there,” Moily said.

“Originally it (Gujarat) was a Congress state (before BJP came to power), but now I think the Congress will repeat its success definitely with greater vigour because we have the chances and Rahulji has, in particular, given excellent hope and leadership in Gujarat. The Congress will come back in both the states,” he said, adding organisational elections were in the “final stages”.

Moily had hinted earlier that Rahul Gandhi might assume charge as party president in September, and when asked about the repeated delays, he said, “Everybody (in the Congress) feels it is (his elevation) delayed. Now, he (Rahul) is waiting for the organisational elections. He would like to emerge as the president of All India Congress Committee (AICC) only out of the election process.”

Asked if there would be contenders against Rahul Gandhi for the party president’s post, Moily said the Gandhi scion was the natural choice. “Things (under Rahul Gandhi as Congress president) will change radically; he will give a new face. He has enough experience in the party as also in government. He will be the real face of the country in 2019 and come back as prime minister,” Moily said.

The veteran leader also rejected charges that the Grand Old Party was facing an “existential crisis”. “We are not bothered about it. Whenever people can think that they can finish it off, the Congress always emerges successfully,” he said.

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    ashok
    Oct 15, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    Oily Moily is a great survivor. A generation ago, there were the Moily tapes.
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      Mau
      Oct 15, 2017 at 8:32 am
      Rahul is best choice for PM because there is no one fit enough to run the country. Only Congress can rule the country. BJP is failing for third time and whole country regret their mistake. Congress will rule for 50 years unchallenged this time because enough is enough. We will not allow Saffron Terrorist to destroy the country.
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        Indian
        Oct 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm
        This person not concerned about the nation. I never expected such stupid statement from this person.
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        1. Balu
          Oct 14, 2017 at 11:23 am
          Great Indian Tamasha.....
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            KAPIL DEV
            Oct 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm
            verappa mohily you shoul be sent to mental hospital what to talk of RAHUL ARE YOU SENIOR LEADER ARE AND DUFFER . WHERE IS CONGRESS PRESIDENT , MONI BABA DIGU . ARE THEY DEAD WHAT. THEY HAVE NO OTHER LEADER OF CALIBER AS HE IS BARKING ALWAYS LIKE WILD DOG HIS QUALIFICATION , AN ITALY WAITRESS SON MARRIED TO DYNASTY . HE WILL BE DEFEATED BY SAMMRITI IRANI. LET ELECTION COME PEOPLE OF AMETHI WERE CHEATED BY FALSE PROPAGANDA ?
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